What are some favorite restaurants that a lot of people seem to like?
I'm at a loss based on the pevious thread of all the bad "good" places. Are there any unanimous favorites?
What kind of food do you want? How much do you want to pay? Where are you willing to go for this food, or where are you and how far will you drive? Is a big or fancy wine list important to you? A full bar? A trendy scene? Beautiful people? People of the restaurant's ethnicity eating there? A dive with great food?
Speak up, man!
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I'd be kind of horrified if there were any unanimous favorites. How mediocre do you have to be for everyone to like what you do? (I'm a writer. If I wrote a book that was universally acclaimed I'd be happy to spend the money but creatively speaking I'd be worried about what I'd done.) I figure that a good restaurant, fast food stand, food cart or wagon or whatever, to be really good, needs to have some sort of character of its own, something that makes it stand out. If that's the case, then someone's not going to like it. I think the secret of the success of the chains is that they deliver dependably mediocre food without any real character at low prices. They cater to the lowest common denominator.
I think J&J Shanghai and Ya Ya's Burgers are great restaurants with real character. They've never disappointed me. Same goes for Water Grill, Tres Venizie and Saddlepeak Lodge at the higher end. I've had both good meals and bad meals at New Concept, Angelini Osteria, Matsuhisa and Babita, but I respect them for what they try to do.
Agree - if there were unanimous favorites:
1. they would be mobbed and all the other places would go broke
2. there would be no need for this board
3. we wouldn't be humans
I personally don't think any of the 3 mentioned (Lucques, Valentino, and AOC) are worth the $ and/or hassle. As regards especially AOC, there is an old drug company aphorism - "the only good drug is a new drug" - that applies to restaurants.